Book Review: The Silkworm

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The Silkworm
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Cormoran Strike. He is one of my favorite literary characters of all time.

Having read the first Cormoran Strike book not long before this one, I thought I’d figured out what to look for right away. Halfway through, I figured they’d all done it, including the victim. Then I remembered that the joy of reading is about the ride. And this one is quite a ride.

I love you J.K. Rowling.

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Book Review: Write Every Day: How to Write Faster, and Write More

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Write Every Day: How to Write Faster, and Write More
Write Every Day: How to Write Faster, and Write More by Cathy Yardley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The audiobook had some good tips, but I think I would’ve been better served with a print copy. Cathy has a website,, that I think would be a great resource to refer to.

This is good tool for when I need to coach a writer.

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Pre-campaign update

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I do not want to do this. I do not want to ask people for money. I don’t want to ask friends, or family, or strangers, or anyone. The only reason I’m doing this is because the lovely people that are helping me really do need to be paid. I also underestimated how much 450 t-shirts would cost. And then ship. I’m NOT getting paid a penny. So I have to remember what I’m asking for really, it’s to pay my friends who do this (websites and lawyer-ly things) for a living. And for t-shirts that I’m going to turn around and give away.

I’ve gotten the word out to nine different publications now, and one has been nice enough to publish my press release: Digital Book World It’s pretty cool to see it out there now. It makes it… I don’t know… legit? The publications that I doubt will run anything are the local magazines. Funny.

Anyway, the Pubslush link is up and in pre-campaign, or launch, mode: Natalie has made some BEAUTIFUL social media pictures that I can’t wait to share.

But right now, I want to sleep through the next two months.

Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

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The Cuckoo's Calling
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really wish that I could have an unbiased opinion about this book, rather, the book written by THIS author. It’s impossible. I would’ve liked to discover and read Robert Galbraith’s book, but I read JK Rowling’s book, so my glasses are naturally rose-colored.

I loved it. I loved the cursing. I loved that Cormoran was chubby. I loved that Robin loved working for Cormoran despite her fiancĂ©e’s wishes because she was GOOD at it and she LOVED it, not because the money was good or there was any opportunity for advancement. I loved the whole story and how Lula’s family paralleled Cormoran’s in a way. I loved the whodunit, and had no idea until the very end when it all fell into place perfectly.

I guessed, of course. I thought they were perfect guesses, too, the one where the author thinks they’ve pulled one over on you but you saw right through it. Then again, I started to guess that everyone had done it, just so I could guess right. Wrong.

Perfect. I’m probably going to listen to The Silkworm next.

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I am looking for help from authors in regards to a website that I am developing. Essentially, all I need is your reaction to my idea and any feedback that you feel would be beneficial as the website is being built. There is an opportunity for cross-promotion.
All authors welcome, unpublished authors preferred.
Yes! I am finally going to talk about what I’ve only been alluding to for the past month!

Book Review: Landline

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is eerily timely and parallels my life in creepy ways. Georgie and I are around the same age. We’re both good at our jobs, sometimes better at our jobs than we are at being wives and mothers. We take our husbands for granted, but attempt to make up for it in other ways. We both married wonderful men who aren’t overly expressive. We both married men who gave up what they wanted so we could have what we wanted, career-wise. My Neal is our children’s primary care-giver, too.

There are some books I read for pure escapism. This book was as close to reality that I could get without writing a non-fiction account of my adult life so far. It is a bucket of ice water, wake up call. And I’m grateful for it.

Dear Rainbow,
I do so appreciate your books. The next time you decide to write about my life, however, I’d appreciate seeing my name in the acknowledgements.
Much love,

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Lawyer lady!

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I’ve met with lawyers in the past. Divorce (my parents) lawyers, bankruptcy lawyers… I even work with lawyers. 78% of the time I end up crying. 100% of the time, they’ve been men.

NOT THIS DAY! I met the lawyer I want to hire for From Scratch Publishing! Well, really, we had a phone conversation and I verbally vomited all over her. She is so bright, and supportive, and excited for me. None of it rang false. She loved the website concept. I figured if anyone told me that it couldn’t be done, it would be her. On the contrary!

I want to meet her so badly now. I think it would be important before unleashing this that we do so. She’s in Minneapolis, so I know that DH and the kids would love to go. To the Mall of America… not to meet the lawyer.

She’s going to figure out a fee for me, but I already know I want to hire her. So, really, the next step is to meet up with the web developer/marketer so we can get the pubslush campaign going.

Also, I need real websites. This ‘coming soon’ crap is sad.

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